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Terry Gross, of NPR's Fresh Air, interviews Gene Simmons, of the band KISS.
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Subject: Interview with Gene Simmons
If I had been Terry Gross, I would have thrown this dumb nut off my show. She is excellent at what she does and very knowledgeable about music. He went way beyond what is acceptable behavior. A hook should come from beyond the curtain attaching his pants and jerking him off the stage. NPR listeners deserve better as well as Ms. Gross. I turned the show OFF. Will not listen to such a narcissistic piece of garbage. Has nothing worth listening to. Read other comments and no one would call him out.
Subject: Gene Simmons interview with Terry Gross
This was a good interview in the sense that I felt I could a chance to see more closely how how Gene manipulates his image of stardom to influence people to like him. It takes an intelligent person like Simmions to understand how to be both charming and influential to a large portion of people who just want to go see a performer who entertains vs. dealing with the fact that using the public persona of this brash, vulgar Rock star he developed gets to be so polarizing to most intellectual thinkers like Terry Gross as he uses it.
Subject: Dry wit and humor is not always appreciated
Gene Simmons does show his true colors as a businessman who is adept at creating an image and brand and holding onto it over time. In the interview, he demonstrates that he is unrepentant yet self-deprecating at times for his so called obnoxious behavior. There are quite a few pregnant pauses in this session where I can imagine Terry Gross thinking, "Ok, where do we take it from here?" She tried to remain professional throughout the interview, and clearly rebuffed Gene's seemingly left-field comments. But she came off as if she's too serious and doesn't know how to roll with or banter back with the dark humor. She missed a few opportunities to call Gene on the carpet when he made generalizations about men's behavior. She should have asked him if he's unfaithful and manipulative. (To which he probably would have admitted to as he seems to be generally honest about his own shortcomings.)
Subject: Gene is no dummy
Yes, like most people who initially heard this interview, I thought Gene was an Ass. But at the end of the interview I realized that I had just witnessed something unusual in this mass media, 5 second, sound-bite driven 21st century - an honest conversation that engaged my brain with true human communication. He was honest without vile. If you want fluff interviews watch Leno or Letterman. Shame on Terry Gross for asking such a lame question like "How do you remove your makeup?" Who Cares?
Subject: Great interview
I really enjoyed this interview. It was brutally honest through and through. Niceties and fluff were kept to a minimum which allowed the personalities of both the interviewer and interviewee to butt their heads. I would have to side with Terry on most of the contentions but I respect Gene's outlook on life as well. This interview helped form a more solid person behind the charade.
Subject: Wow, Gene Simmons is an asshole
And he's as entertaining as he is obnoxious, especially regarding his attitudes regarding women and condescension towards Terri Gross. This guy cares about nothing except money and pussy and he's not afraid to share his beliefs. He's a classless condescending bore, not in any way a stupid man, but extremely crass and cocksure. Most of what he says seems to be bluff and and ego stroking. For example he makes the claim that the only reason men play music is to get laid and that anyone playing rock and claiming to be an artist or to play music for art's sake is a liar. Bullshit.